Monday, 30 November 2015

Big Kids Coloring Book: Fairy Houses and Fairy Doors - Volume Two coloring book cover contest

I've recently participated in an international colouring contest and it was a huge challenge for me. Well, aside from getting our masterpiece printed onto the book cover, they have also included some monetary prize... very tough as expectation would definitely be higher!

Dawn D. Boyer is an artist working on her second colouring book which will be published end of December hence this colouring contest. There were 6 artwork to choose from and we can send in a max of 2 entries per person. The first 100 entries will be considered for the judging panel and I managed to submit my entries on time! Phew!

My masterpieces:

There were some guidelines to adhere to so I dare not simply post lah in case disqualified. Anyway, they have just announced the winners today and alas... I didn't win any *sob! sob!* To be honest, there were really many good entries! I was in awe with their masterpieces... truly well-deserved! Congrats to all the winners!!! I wished I was more creative then... well, picking up some pointers for future contests :-)

Overall, this was an eye-opener for me. Also, I did have fun colouring those 2 artwork and it was an enjoyable contest to participate in. I'll definitely look forward to many more contests to participate in and have no fear, just have fun with it!

Thank you, Dawn, for this wonderful exposure... definitely learnt more from this humble experience.

If you would like to know more of her upcoming colouring books or be the first to know of her future works and colouring contests, click and like Dawn's Facebook page here:

Dawn has also created a group for all crafters and colourists alike in Facebook, a platform for us to share the end results of our masterpieces! You can join the public group here:

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Phuket: day 1 before checking in

We were in Phuket recently, our first trip here, thanks to hub's lucky stars! Unfortunately, it was raining season so we spent most of our time at the hotel. Thankfully, it was comfortable with many facilities and also with pool access, so totally worth it!

Warning: this will mostly be photo filled and it will be separated into a few posts.
Breakfast at Nyonya Colours, KLIA2
Our flight was early thus we did mentioned to the hotel about checking in early but alas... not sure why there's no record of it and we were made to wait for more than 3 hours before we were shown to our room. The staffs did suggest for us to walk around the town or go to the beach or have a long lunch but we were not in the right gear plus it started raining so there wasn't much we can do. After a short walkabout, long lunch and short beach walk, we hurried back to the hotel as it started raining. Sad but true. After that it was just the waiting game until, finally, the room was ready for us... sigh!

Here are some of the photos I took enroute to the hotel...
We took a 'taxi van' and it stopped midway for a short debrief. This was when I saw the marching band passing by
Lovely weather when we arrived

 We had lunch at a local restaurant which we accidentally stumbled upon...
Our yummylicious lunch! A local economy rice
The humble restaurant. It's just a 5 mins walk from our hotel
Landmark next to the restaurant

The lane leading to our hotel
To the beach, we go

A surfing school cum pub right next to the beach
Back to the hotel as it started raining
When it started raining, my heart dropped. I didn't realised it was raining season then... well, beggars can't be choosers right? So we made full use of our time after that...

Well, next post would be after checking in :-) Just too many photos, didn't want to photo-bombed all at once :-p

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

3rd Anniversary of Dad's passing...

Time flies and it's been 3 years since you left us... I still do think of you, misses you and wished you were here... found this aptly written poem via Google of how I feel:
On another note, it is sad that we can't go to Cameron Highlands to pay our respect as Mossy Forest is closed until mid of next year. Hence we had a family gathering last Sunday at mom's. I know it was hectic for mom but having all of us in 1 house was worth it for her. I do hoped that dad can see from afar all of us together praying for him. Amen.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

MPOV: Liminal Grid

You can read this short story here:

Lately, I have been reading a number of short stories, easier to absorb and complete :-) So when I have the chance to read this, I was fascinated by the localised genre. Oh yes, it is made in Malaysia, for Malaysia. Set in a futuristic Malaysia, I am glad that it is relevant and with a fresh appeal. Truly an exciting read and written well with good descriptive feel...

Try reading it and you will see the vast improvement of our local reads.

My rating: 3/5
Author: Jaymee Goh
Genre: short story, steampunk

Monday, 23 November 2015

MPOV: The Great Gatsby

In the winter of 1929, Nick Carraway, a Yale University graduate and World War I veteran, is staying at a psychiatric hospital to treat his alcoholism. He talks about Jay Gatsby, describing him as the most hopeful man he had ever met. When he struggles to articulate his thoughts, his doctor, Walter Perkins, suggests writing them down, since writing is Nick's true passion.

In the summer of 1922, Nick moves from the Midwest to New York, taking a job as a bond salesman after abandoning writing. He rents a small house on Long Island in the (fictional) North Shore village of West Egg, next door to a lavish mansion belonging to Jay Gatsby, a mysterious business magnate who often holds extravagant parties. One day, Nick drives across to old money East Egg to have dinner with his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband, Tom, Nick's college acquaintance, who live across the bay. They introduce Nick to Jordan Baker, a cynical young golfer with whom Daisy wishes to couple Nick. When Nick returns home, he sees Gatsby on the edge of his dock, reaching out to a mysterious green light coming from the Buchanans' dock.

Jordan tells Nick that Tom has a mistress who lives in the "valley of ashes", an industrial dumping ground between West Egg and New York City. Not long afterward, Nick travels with Tom to the valley, where they stop by a garage owned by George Wilson and his wife, Myrtle, Tom's mistress.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Finally had the chance to watch this movie, thanks to Astro PVR. I have delayed watching this movie for months after recording it, not sure why but now I know... it is actually an epic movie of love lost and found which I had to watch whole heartedly! Who would have thought that since it's written by a male author and way back then?

The castings were good with Leonardo looking so dapper! TBH, I was never a fan of his since Titanic days but after watching this movie, I stand corrected. It seemed so surreal with Tobey alongside, retelling the story in it's entirety. In summary, love started - love lost - love found but money and fame can't buy love and friends. Sad but true as portrayed in this movie which is also true in this materialistic world. Also with death, all the bad apples were easily swept under the rug and blamed on the dead. So, so, so apt... I actually felt so melancholic watching the ending...

The only set back was the setting and music where some scenes were from current settings and they've incorporated some current hip hop songs too. That definitely brought me to now and reality bites ya all!

Normally, if I watched the movie first, I'll usually disregard the book. But this time, it is the opposite, I can't wait to buy and read the book!

My rating: 4/5
Directed by Baz Luhrmann
Casts: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan
Category: A 2013 epic romantic drama film based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name

Friday, 20 November 2015

CSM: An Afternoon with Books

So sad I couldn't make it this Sunday but do check them out... loads of preloved books for sale at very low price! At a very convenient location too! Truly an opportunity not to be missed!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

2015 Diwali @ Adrianne's!

Visited Adrianne and Sugen's for Diwali with Joyce and Amran. Lunch prepared by Sugen's grandmother was so yummy! We actually went for second serving :-)

For the album, unfortunately, we didn't have a good one... also, the hosts were not in it! Well, at least I'm able to remember the food :-)
Oops! Accidentally took with Amran's head off
Adrianne's shot of us but not in a good pose though


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